Being online ready isn’t just about a test, it’s about equipping our students with the skills they need to be successful in the real world. We know that in college, technical schools, and in most jobs, communication is done electronically – it is the way of our world. Comfort with technology will help our students be more competitive in the workplace and more successful in postsecondary education. That’s one of several reasons that TNReady, the new and improved TCAP test for math and English language arts, will be taken online beginning this school year. Rather than traditional multiple choice fill-in-the-bubble tests, TNReady will be more engaging, and it will better match students’ individual needs. Online testing also gives districts and schools greater flexibility and much bigger windows to schedule and administer the test.
Over the past year, districts have made tremendous progress to infuse technology into their schools and classrooms.
Nearly all districts are reporting that they are prepared to administer TNReady online this school year.
We know this because districts and schools self-reported if their networks met the requirements for online testing and if they had the appropriate number of devices to give the test online.
This summer, more than 99 percent of schools reported their networks were ready to give the test online. This means 1,691 schools out of 1,701 schools report that their networks meet the requirements. That’s a jump from spring 2014, when just over 88 percent of schools reported their networks met the recommendations for online testing.
In addition, 90 percent of schools reported that this summer they had enough devices to give the test online. While 10 percent of schools reported they still did not have the recommended number of devices, their districts have not requested to give the paper test. These districts have indicated they are committed to problem-solving and developing a plan for online administration in all their schools. In spring 2014, just over 60 percent of schools reported that they had the recommended number of devices to give the test online.
This is the first year of a new test, and we know there will be hiccups, but we are doing everything we can to trouble shoot challenges now. We have established Oct. 1 as Break MIST Day. MIST is the online platform that students will use to take the new TNReady test.
Break MIST Day will be a trial run to test the capacity of MIST and help us identify challenges when there is still plenty of time to fix them.
The department has also developed a scheduling and logistics task force to support districts as they develop testing schedules and plans. In addition, the department will continue to answer questions and concerns from districts as they arise.
We look forward to sharing even more details about TNReady in the coming days. Download our Parent Guide to Being TNReady for additional details.